8.01.2013

Dining Table and Chairs Redo

One of our many projects going on at the moment was is the redo of our new dining table and chairs. Before I get into that, let me show you what our dining room looked like when we bought the house.


Horrible. Horrible. Horrible. Anyways, we changed the paint color and tore the carpet out right away. And for the almost 4 years that we have lived in our house, we've been using a borrowed dining table and folding chairs that we bought at Walmart (plus one chair that we refinished). Beautiful, right?


We decided it was about time to have some real furniture in our dining room and our friend happened to be selling a set that was in his storage unit that we fell in love with. It needed some major work, but we ended up buying the table and 6 matching chairs anyway. The table and 2 of the chairs got done pretty quickly, but then we started other projects and the rest of the chairs got pushed to the back burner.

Today, I am pleased to say that we have 3 chairs completely finished (plus the one that was already done from the above picture... only 3 left!) and no more folding chairs in our dining room! Take a look at the before and after.



The poor thing obviously needed some help. It had a huge stain on the corner, which we assumed was a burn stain, multiple water marks, scuffed edges, etc. So my husband's job was to sand and stain the top of the table to make it look new again. I think he did an exceptional job! We stained the top a dark walnut and painted the bottom an off-white. No more rough edges, water marks, or burn! 

(Also, note the cool pull-out part of the table! It slides down and under when you don't need it.)


And then there were the chairs... we looooved the lines on the chairs (except for the painting the curves and cracks part). They were definitely scuffed and beaten-up looking. And there was an olive-green vinyl seat covering that was just not working for me. So, I painted the chairs white to match the table and re-upholstered the seat cushions in a pretty linen paisley fabric that compliments the already-completed chair. 




One other thing about the chair re-upholstery: if you need to add cushion to the seat pad, but don't want to spend an arm and a leg, buy a foam egg-crate that goes on a twin bed, cut it up and use that for padding. I bought 2 egg crates from Walmart for under $10 each and double layered the seat cushions (I like a lot of padding) for all 6 chairs. I spent WAY less than if I would have bought seat pads at a craft store.


And there you have it! What do you think of our new (almost complete) dining set?
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55 comments:

  1. Happy Friday! My Friday Flash Blog linky party is live @ The Jenny Evolution – a flash mob of blogs where you share your favorite posts of the week. Hope to see you there -- you may just get highlighted next week!

    Jennifer
    thejennyevolution.com

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! I linked up. Hope I make the highlight!

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  2. Love this re-do! Makes me want to paint mine!

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  3. Whoa! The transformation is incredible! So beautiful!

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  4. Wow! What a great makeover. Love the 'new' table and chairs. They look fantastic.
    KC

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  5. So pretty! I love the bright white of the chairs and the dark tabletop.

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Ashley @ 3littlegreenwoods.com

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  6. Great redo, I also did a set white with dark top on table, so much better! Newest follower, stop by for a visit and hope to see you follow too!

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    1. Thank you Marilyn! I checked out your site. Beautiful furniture!

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  7. Gorgeous transformation! If you get a chance, please link up to the Suburbsmamam Sunday Linky Party going on now: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/08/sunday-linky-19.html

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  8. I love it! It turned out beautifully, and I'm now inspired to do mine.

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  9. This set looks fabulous!! I'm currently refinishing a bedroom set - I hope it turns out as good as this!

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    1. Thanks Jill! I would love to see it when it's done!

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  10. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Your dining room table looks fantastic!
    I've been considering refinishing our dining room table as well, but felt a little hesitant. Your post inspired me!! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Have a beautiful week,
    Suzanne

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    1. That's so sweet Suzanne! I am glad I could inspire you!

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  11. SO beautiful! You did a great job. :)

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  12. What a beautiful transformation - love everything about it - and that fabric is just gorgeous!
    Visiting from MMS and am definitely your newest follower
    XOXO

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  13. Really nice redo, good eye on a great find! Stopped by via Show Me What You Got, following via Bloglovin...... I love working with glass as well, lately I've been focusing on painting.

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  14. Love your table and chairs and the redo is beautiful. Great job. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  15. Love the legs on your table and chairs and your redo is gorgeous.

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  16. I LOVE THIS, I want those chairs for my Table! You did an amazing job!

    Come link up at my Paint Party going on NOW
    http://startathome.blogspot.com/2013/08/paint-party-9.html
    Hope to see you soon
    Brooke

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  17. I love the new look of your dining table and chairs! beautiful!

    gail

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  18. Wow, your table looks amazing!!! Love it!!!

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  19. This is so stunning! I love the contrast of the dark and light! I'll be featuring this on my blog tomorrow.

    http://www.sumossweetstuff.com

    Thanks for linking up!
    Sumo:)

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  20. Great redo! I love the fabric on your chairs! Can you share the pattern name and manufacturer?

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    1. Thanks Audra! We bought the fabric in the upholstery section at Joann's. I'm not sure what the name of it is. If I figure it out, I will let you know!

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    2. Audra- I found the fabric name. It is Better Homes and Gardens brand and it's called Jayda Bramble.

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  21. Great job! I also have a table in desperate need of refinishing, can you share what stain/color you used for the tabletop?

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    1. Thanks Christa! We used Minwax brand in the color Dark Walnut.

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  22. Oh wow that looks amazing! And, I am pretty sure that is te exact table I have! I love the ease of the leaves, and the fact I don't have to store them!

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    1. Thanks Kelli! It's a pretty awesome table, isn't it? We love ours too!

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  23. Excellent redo! I love the tables with the draw leaves, and the chairs do have wonderful lines, made so much better. Excellent work!
    And I think I am going to borrow your idea for the bed topper foam padding, as that`s the reason I`ve been putting off reupholstering my dining chairs too! Did you just cut the topper to the size of the seat?

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  24. I love it! It turned out beautifully, and I'm now inspired to do mine. Oak Bunk Beds

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  25. I love the new look of your dining table and chairs, you did an amazing job.Suppliers of beds and mattresses

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  26. This is awesome. I know how hard it is to get numbers spaced right on a clock table and this is so pretty.

    clock table & 3m command

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  27. wow! after remodeling the old dining table and chairs It becomes gorgeous...no one who don't know before that it was remodeled he or she never understand that it was old ...great creative and innovative work..keep it up...

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  28. All the picture of the furniture you have provided is really gorgeous and i am very thankful to you .i am looking for only that type of furniture which is in your store. And just for your information, in Indonesia we make some mahogany and teak furniture. You can visit my site to http://www.indo-furni.com

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  29. While searching online for bespoke dining tables made from natural hardwood, I finally landed on the website of the top furniture maker in London and believe me, I was literally overwhelmed to see the variety of antique dining table designs that this store had to offer. The ornamental woodwork, intricate hand carvings and the beautiful hand polishing of these dining tables were brilliant. I could hardly find out any flaws in these classic pieces of art in wood. Some of these tables were in full rectangular shape while some in square or oval shape with marble top and glass top finish.

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  30. What a beautiful transformation. It is so elegant, I love it!
    Affordable Dining Room sets

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